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Former Kiwibank CEO Sam Knowles joins Partners Life

28th February 2012

Former Kiwibank CEO Sam Knowles joins Partners Life

The Chairman of Partners Life Boyd Klap has today announced the appointment of highly respected banking industry authority Sam Knowles to the Board of newly established and New Zealand owned life insurance company, Partners Life.

The driving force behind the Kiwibank brand says he is excited about the opportunity to help Partners Life create a fresh approach to life insurance taking on the mature Australian owned insurers.

“Partners Life is focused on finding new ways to deliver high value products to New Zealanders, concentrating on sharing value with our customers,” says Mr Knowles.

Mr Knowles joins Chairman of the Board Boyd Klap, previous Chief Executive of Prudential and Life Offices Association, Joanna Perry who is a former member of the Securities Commission and KPMG Partner, as well as insurance industry stalwarts Naomi Ballantyne, Richard Coon and Chris Coon.

Founded by Naomi Ballantyne, Chris and Richard Coon in August 2010, Partners Life is based on a business model that shares the value created with all parties – including customers.

It is an approach that has worked extremely well to date with the company experiencing rapid growth in market share across its range of life risk products including life, trauma, medical, permanent disability and income protection insurance, as well as a newly launched suite of business protection products.

For more information:
Board member key facts
Partners Life fact sheet


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